Saturday, February 17, 2018

Medical students held up in class

Ten medical students at the University of the West Indies (UWI), along with their lecturer, were approached and robbed by two bandits at a class seminar yesterday morning, .

The incident took place around 9.30 a.m., while the class was in session at Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope.

Police said the students were in the classroom when two men entered and announced a hold-up. They ordered the students—three males and seven females—and the lecturer to lay on the ground, before proceeding to rob them.

The victims were robbed of their laptop computers, cell phones, jewelry and cash, said police. A monetary value of the items stolen was not given by officers.

It was also unknown if any of the men were armed said officers.

"One of the men had one of his hands below his shirt as if he had a gun, but none of the students said they actually saw any weapon," said one of the officers investigating the incident.

After carrying out the robbery, police said the men placed the items in a bag and fled the scene. They escaped by running out of the hospital's compound and into a bushy area in the vicinity of the Ministry of Agriculture, police said.

The students and the lecturer gave statements to officers of St Joseph Police Station.

Investigators said, based on the information they received from the students, they believe they know the identity of the bandits and are confident that arrests would be made soon.